Published On: Fri, Jun 15th, 2018

Warner Bros. asked to improve its screening after Bachelorette contestant convicted of indecent assault

Some Bachelorette fans are demanding that Warner Bros. do a better job of screening contestants after it was revealed that one of the men competing this season has been convicted of indecent assault.

Lincoln Adim, an account sales executive living in Los Angeles, was convicted of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting a woman on a harbour cruise ship in 2016, according to a statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office reported on the website

As of Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, Adim was one of 17 men still competing to couple up with star Becca Kufrin.

His conviction came on May 21, after the series had finished filming, but fans are asking nonetheless how Adim’s legal history could have been missed during casting.

“I do not understand how a serious crime like this was missed during background checks,” tweeted Ashley Spivey, a former Bachelor contestant who helped blogger Steve Carbone get out the news about Adim.

“Warner Bros claims they do background checks, but how in the world could this not have come up?” asks a petition demanding that Warner Bros. improve its checks.

Warner Bros. released a statement saying that, “No one on The Bachelorette production had any knowledge about the incident or charges when Lincoln Adim was cast, and he himself denied ever having engaged in or having been charged with any sexual misconduct.

“We employ a well-respected and highly experienced third party who has done thousands of background checks consistent with industry standards … The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction — or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it.”

This is the second contestant on the current Bachelorette season whose past has come back to haunt them.

It was revealed that medical sales rep Garrett Yrigoyen had liked racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic posts on Instagram. Yrigoyen apologized and Kufrin appeared to defend him, saying that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”

In the case of Adim, he was sentenced to one year in “a house of correction,” which was suspended for two years of probation during which he has to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week, the district attorney’s statement said.

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Warner Bros. asked to improve its screening after Bachelorette contestant convicted of indecent assault